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Boats Direct USA Adventures in Paradise

Set sail on your new Boats Direct USA custom center console to explore the pristine beauty of the Bahamian islands. Enjoy soft tropical breezes and lush Bahamian scenery. Navigate turquoise waters and sunbathe on unspoiled beaches.

It’s a boater’s paradise and the owners of Boats Direct USA have mapped out an unforgettable itinerary for you to enjoy!

Mark and Eileen Fischer want to ignite your sense of adventure with travel tales from their recent 850-mile round trip Bahamian island tour. They hope you will join them next year when they head south again for another incredible run through what may be the most spectacular aquamarine waters in the world!

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Lush palms and aquamarine waters at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in Naussau, Bahamas.

To Bimini and Beyond!

This is your chance to go beyond your comfort zone and experience the Deep Blue like few people can! Think gourmet dining, deep sea fishing, turquoise blue waters and breathtaking beaches.

The Fischers’ great island adventure began with a 100-mile run to the beautiful and historic Bimini, an island with Old World ambiance and a downtown that has remained unchanged for years. There you can dine on fresh seafood, lobster and other local specialties after clearing customs at this quaint entrance point to The Bahamas.

Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the United States, approximately 50 miles east of Miami and rife with history. What better way to enjoy that Boats Direct USA center console boat you have waited so long to buy!

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Boats Direct USA owners Mark & Eileen Fischer enjoy the pristine beach in Bimini, Bahamas.

Some fun facts: Author Ernest Hemingway summered in Bimini, and singer/entertainer Jimmy Buffett frequented the island while writing his own book. And that’s not all!

Local legend links Bimini to the mystical Lost City of Atlantis. Some believe that a mile-long stretch of huge limestone blocks discovered off the coast of northern Bimini was once part of an undersea road to the Lost City.

Bimini is also thought to be the location of the legendary Fountain of Youth. According to folklore, the great explorer Ponce de Leon stopped there in the 1500s to search for the mythical fountain. Today, a spot near the airport in South Bimini is believed to be the actual site.

Anglers MUST stop by the Bimini Big Game Club Resort & Marina, famous for its huge fishing tournaments. The area is known for world-class bonefishing and this is the place to find a local guide.  Bimini also features spectacular offshore fishing with tuna, wahoo, dolphin and marlin as the prime catch.

Aerial view of Bimini Big Game Club & Resort/photo courtesy of Bimini Big Game Club & Resort

Aerial view of Bimini Big Game Club & Resort/photo courtesy of Bimini Big Game Club & Resort

And according to Boats Direct USA owner Eileen Fischer, the Big Game Club  serves up the BEST breakfast in town!

And if fishing isn’t your thing, belly up to the Pool Bar, or enjoy a cocktail and some fresh conch salad on the deck overlooking the marina. You never know who you will see coming and going on the docks at this historic getaway.

Atlantis Paradise Island Mayan Temple

Atlantis Paradise Island Mayan Temple

From Bimini, the Fischers headed off on a 150-ride to the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort in nearby Naussau, the capital city of The Bahamas.

“It was a long journey, about five hours. We spent two nights there,” Eileen Fischer said.

It’s the perfect place to show off your gorgeous Blackwater center console or Deep Impact Custom Boat, as you glide through the crystalline waters surrounding this idyllic getaway.

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

Atlantis Paradise Island Resort

 

This gorgeous, 5-star resort includes a 141-acre waterpark with high-speed water rides, 20 swimming areas and a river ride with rolling rapids and waves. This Disneyesque attraction is fun for all ages and includes a riveting sea life exhibit with more than 50,000 marine creatures representing more than 250 species in 14 lagoons.

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Atlantic Paradise Island Resort in Naussau, Bahamas.

Marvel as fearsome sharks, graceful stingrays, barracuda and swordfish glide through crystalline waters. Experience awe as you gaze at all the different species in a habitat created with eight million gallons of sea water.

Feeling hungry? Sample sophisticated seafood, traditional French cuisine and local specialties at a range of resort-based restaurants. And don’t forget to check out the outrageous yachts docked in the marinas!

Exuma Cays

Exuma Cays

From Naussau, the Fischers motored out to the Exuma Cays, piloting their 39-foot center console about 70 miles through the stunning cobalt waters for a panoramic view they will never forget! They dropped anchor at Staniel Cay to enjoy the spectacle of the swimming pigs.

Yes, swimming pigs.

“They are huge and have adapted to swimming rather well with their little snouts turned upward,” Eileen recalled.

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Swimming pigs at Staniel Cay/photo courtesy of slate.com

Thunderball Grotto in Staniel Cay.

Thunderball Grotto in Staniel Cay.

This quirky and delightful local attraction has created a buzz on YouTube. Get ready to smile as local pigs paddle through the crystal clear waters in pursuit of treats. The pigs live on nearby Major Cay.

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Exuma Islands

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Pet iguana at Tiamo Resort on Andros Island.

Staniel Cay is also home to the glorious azure blue “Thunderball Grotto” featured in the James Bond movie, “Thunderball.” Snorkel amid tropical fish in these crystalline waters, or just relax on your boat and

drink in the view. After enjoying lunch at Staniel Cay, the Fischers headed out toward the Great Exumas.

The Fischers ran south for 150 miles, through the center of the Exuma chain in a stunning but remote stretch where they never passed another boat. They stayed near the marina at Emerald Isle, with a yacht basin that can accommodate yachts up to 200 feet long. The panoramic views, shared with Sandals Great Exuma, were breathtaking.

This leg of their adventure ultimately took them to the remote, unspoiled island of South Andros, a five-hour run through the most beautiful topaz blue waters imaginable. Their excursion through the isolated waters took them to the renowned Tiamo Resort, accessible only by boat or seaplane. The resort is composed of 10 villages and one 3-bedroom “Bird’s Nest” with a panoramic view of the island and out to sea. The Fischers stayed in the “Bird’s Nest.”

“We arrived at the Tiamo Resort where the ENTIRE staff came to greet us. All four of them,” Eileen Fischer joked. Staff brought them chilled washcloths and cold, fruity drinks, sat them on couches and transported their luggage to some of the 12 villas on the island. The Fischers’ 6-person entourage composed half of the island’s 12 guests. The island can accommodate a maximum of 30 guests.BDUSA-BahamasWater

“It was truly paradise,” Eileen Fischer said. “So quiet, so serene. No TV and no Internet except near the pool. The entire place runs on 80 percent solar power.”

South Andros truly exemplifies “getting away from it all.”

The Fischers described their stay there as very remote, very quiet and very peaceful. Guests’ meals were cooked by a gourmet chef who prepared unique and tasty dishes from a new menu every day. Cool, delicious and refreshing.

This pristine island hideaway offered up plenty of time for sunbathing, swimming or simply basking in the aquamarine beauty of the calm Caribbean waters.

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Mark & Eileen Fischer with friends at the Tiamo Resort, South Andros.

Then it was on to their second to last stop as they headed towards home: A 120-mile run to Chubb Cay, about 35 miles west of Nassau on the southernmost tip of the Berry Islands. This 1,000-acre retreat is a great stopping point for gas and food with a beautiful marina. It is also an excellent spot for overnight fishing.

The waters of Chub Cay teem with coral reefs, billfish, bonefish, permit, dolphin. A breathtaking reef, considered to be one of the best all around places to dive, reportedly with the greatest number of exotic fishes in all the Bahamas islands.

After gassing up and enjoying Chub Cay, the Fischers and their friends headed back to Bimini to spend two days before boating back to Key Largo.

While back in Bimini they stayed at Resorts World where they relaxed at the pool, tried their luck at the casino and enjoyed a luxurious three bedroom home complete with golf cart for rides around the property and downtown Bimini.

“It was truly a dream trip which Eileen and I hope to make again, next time with some of our loyal Boats Direct USA customers,” Mark Fischer said. “Trips like this one are the reason everyone who lives in Florida should own a Boats Direct USA custom center console!”

The Fischers are already planning their next island adventure and want to invite all their happy Blackwater and Deep Impact Custom Boat customers to a Boats Direct USA rally next year!

Boats Direct USA has over 100 new and used boats for sale. It’s never been a better time to schedule a sea trial! For more information, call 866-377-5403 toll-free or visit the Boats Direct USA showroom at Mile Marker 98 in Key Largo, FL.

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